Zeliang calls for unity to tackle influx of IBIs

Zeliang calls for unity to tackle influx of IBIs

Dimapur, July 28: While stating that successive governments including civil societies and intellectuals have voiced out against infiltration of illegal immigrants (IBIs) into Nagaland, Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang today urged all political parties irrespective of party affiliations, NGOs, Tribal Hohos, Student Organizations and Village Councils including individuals to come out in unison against influx of IBIs into the State even as the release of the second National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the Assam Government is slated for July 30.
He said villages bordering Assam must be more vigilant and adopt measures to thwart off any infiltration attempt by IBIs.
Zeliang said out of the 3.29 crore people of Assam who had applied for inclusion of their names in the NRC since 2015, the first draft contained names of 1.9 Crore Indian citizens living in Assam while the names of remaining 1.39 crore had undergone various stages of verification with the final list reported to be released on Monday.
“Under such a paradigm, is Nagaland prepared to protect itself if several thousands of IBIs from Assam who do not find their names in the NRC list starts infiltrating into the State?” he asked.
Lauding the advisories issued by the State Home Department on the matter, Zeliang however said a one-time checking cannot bring forth any tangible result.
The vulnerability and effectiveness of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is moreover, a contentious subject and is not wholly reliable, he said and suggested the State Government to device sustainable mechanisms by bringing an ordinance in the Assembly for regulation of a permanent system in the State.
In order to avoid future complication within the non-local population in the State, he asked the Government to bring out clear-cut guidelines and carry out house to house enumeration for identification of non-locals who had entered the State before and after 1963.
He further said several non-locals working in paddy fields on product-sharing basis including masons, shop-keepers, builders, daily wage-earners etc. have returned back to their respective places for registration with the vacuity evidently being felt in many sectors.
Zeliang urged everyone to rise above the occasion and lend support to one another to curb the menace of IBIs to restore “our identity, our livelihood and our future”.
He appealed to the people of Nagaland to be watchful and more importantly the Government of the day to effectively monitor the situation while initiating concrete measures to curb the threat.
(Page News Service)